Since my friend Maria celebrates Christmas on the Epiphany —
— actually, I’ll back up here. The Hispanic cultures do it right: when they celebrate, they CELEBRATE! For example, in Spain where Maria lives, they start small on Christmas Eve with different things to do each day on the 12 days of Christmas until the final big celebration of the holiday on the Epiphany. Now that’s a festival of love, family, friends, and celebration!
Anyway, a while ago, she and I said we would time our gifts for each other to be around that big day of Christmas-Epiphany. It’s her actual Christmas celebration (because it’s the day young Jesus received his gifts) and I like having the holiday spread out. It reminds me of being a kid and my parents celebrating for the 12 days, reminding me that it was “Little Christmas”.
So while I didn’t get 12 drummers drumming or anything like that — and where would put them anyway? — I got…
Excuse me a second.
… I got a beautiful scarf that is so soft and warm on my neck! She probably got me it because I keep talking about this cold-congestion won’t go away! And she also sent me — excuse me one more second…
… candy. We try to send each other different treats from our countries and/or regions that the other person can’t get. This year, she gave me small chocolate candies that look like Goobers (I haven’t translated the bag yet), and an almond in vanilla cream candy — like a peanut brittle, but not THAT hard to chew — which I didn’t bother to translate but tore into like a tornado in a trailor park. (I’ve seen the film, remember? I just hope those people reached the ditch in time.)
Can you believe I forgot I had that smiley when I did the post on the tornado film? Neither can I.
So Feliz Navidad, everyone! The wise men brought me goodies!
PS: I like discussing our different traditions with her (with anyone for that matter), especially moments like this:
Maria: We don’t have a Santa Claus. The three wise men bring our gifts. We put a pair of our shoes out and they fill them with the gifts. What we really do is pile the gifts around the shoes.
Me: I understand why you have the Wise Men bring the gifts, but why do you put out the shoes? Why shoes?
Maria: I have no idea.
Fair is fair. I’ve given her that answer for some American traditions.